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Uzbekistan: An Experience of Cultural Treasures to Colour (Hardback)

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By Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, Uzbekistan's Ambassador to UNESCO
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526750198
Published: 6th February 2019

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Like the fascinating culture that comes to life between its pages, UZBEKISTAN: an experience of cultural treasures to colour will take you on a journey of discovery from the blue and gold splendours of Samarkand to the intricacy of sacred mosaics. It’s the perfect way for you and your children to explore Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage, taking us along the Silk Road from fifth century architecture to modern-day artists.

As we turn the pages, exquisite full-colour photographs transport us to some of the world’s most magnificent architectural monuments. From palaces through mosques, madrasahs and mausoleums, we wend our way amongst masterpieces of Islamic architecture, marvelling at the captivating mosaics with their complex geometric patterns or motifs inspired by the world of plants and mythological beasts. Fascinating and vibrant, they testify to the skill and craftsmanship of historic Uzbek masters.

As a tribute to this rich heritage, UZBEKISTAN: an experience of cultural treasures to colour is a celebration of the arts and pictorial traditions of this fascinating land. Photographs of architectural monuments, murals, ceramics, tapestries and ornamented textiles highlight the country's cultural treasures. Short accompanying texts explain their historical significance. On the right-hand page, the reader is given the opportunity to colour in drawings based on the beautiful photographs provided.


“The quality of the print, the paper, the colours, the selection of contents, and the sheer beauty of the book is a joy. It is perhaps such a pretty object that I am not sure that many people will dare to colour it and risk ruining it, but I can see it inspiring many, and also making many people wonder about the country and its history.

If you are looking for an unusual present for somebody who loves colouring book, or simply somebody who might appreciate a beautiful book about the arts, craft, and architecture of Uzbekistan, I’d recommend it.” (Olga Núñez Miret)

Aside from Uzbeki nationals who will purchase it for nostalgic reasons, it is possible that this volume will appeal to several different readerships. These could include ‘Orientalists’ who are interested in Middle Eastern cultures and their attributes, ‘Colourists’ who are seeking different subjects for their talents, and those who simply like beautiful images with a Middle Eastern theme. Artists with an interest in ‘Eastern’ themes and artworks may also find the images contained within this volume worthy of their attention.

Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines

If you haven’t colored as an adult, you’ve missed out on one of the easiest ways to de-stress and zen out. This book is a gorgeous hard cover coffee table type book with photographs of the art, architecture and textiles of Uzbekistan. Each photograph has a corresponding drawing on the opposite page that readers can color. And these are no simple two or three pattern drawings, but incredibly intricate pieces of art reproduced for the book owner to color in at leisure. A gorgeous book for grownups who want to get their coloring on.

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Cayocosta 72, Rose Smith

I’m always looking for ways to introduce new things to my kids and make it interesting. This book got my kids asking questions about art and they have since asked for similar books. We have art books in the house that they examine, but I don’t think they internalized or made as much a connection as this one did. Instead of just a cursory look through, like they usually do, my kids sat there examining the pictures to figure out what they wanted to color and what colors they wanted to use. It led to questions and conversations that we would never have had otherwise.

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Mich Must Read

Rating: 5 stars

Page-wide photographs of structures and artistic works (i.e. textiles, minarets, carvings, murals, and ornaments) with a thorough comprehensive caption, then a mosaic-like, kerned, detailed line drawing on the opposite page for a reader to color in.

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GoodReads, Kristine Fisher

This is a beautiful, large format book, and will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys the superb, stylistic, Islamic decorative arts. If stress relieving colouring-in is your thing, well, so much the better.

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The quality of the print, the paper, the colours, the selection of contents, and the sheer beauty of the book is a joy. It is perhaps such a pretty object that I am not sure that many people will dare to colour it and risk ruining it, but I can see it inspiring many, and also making many people wonder about the country and its history.

If you are looking for an unusual present for somebody who loves colouring book, or simply somebody who might appreciate a beautiful book about the arts, craft, and architecture of Uzbekistan, I’d recommend it.

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Author Translator, Olga Nunez Miret

It’s so beautiful! And informative. As a cross-roads of cultures and civilisations, Uzbekistan has an artistic legacy that continues to this day.

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